Date(s) - March 2, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, University Center for the Arts

Twenty Bellows Reading: Women of the West

Featuring excerpts from We Are the West: A Colorado Anthology

Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center, March 2 at 6 p.m.

Gregory Allicar Museum of Art is honored to host a special reading of works from We Are the West: A Colorado Anthology, edited by James P. Stuart, Marissa Forbes, Asha Grebenik, and Michael Kreger (Twenty Bellows, 2022)!

Featured readers include GAMA’s very own Theresa McLaren, visitor services manager, Shae Lee, and Erica Reid, who will share contributions from We Are the West and their personal repertoires.

Join us for an evening of Colorado storytelling, followed by a reception!

Free & open to all. Light refreshments will be provided.



Women of the West graphic in white lettering against a photo background of the Rocky Mountains.


About the readers



Shae Lee

Shae Lee is a transnational, transracial adoptee, relinquished daughter from Korea who raised two wonderful men in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is a poet, local business owner, photography hobbyist, lover of potatoes, presence, and all things energetically sincere.





Erica Reid

Erica Reid lives in Fort Collins, Colorado; she received her MFA from Western Colorado University and serves as assistant editor at THINK Journal. In 2021, her poetry won the Yellowwood Poetry Prize and the Helen Schaible Sonnet Contest (Modern Sonnets category) and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Instagram: @erica.n.reid




Theresa McLaren

Theresa is an alumna of Colorado State University.  Theresa has been writing poetry for many years, with multiple rejection letters as well as a few publications. She’s hosted a local poetry critique group with monthly readings in unusual places, including a Guerrilla Poetry takeover in the post office.





Twenty Bellows logo in red and gray with a calligraphy pen and hammer crossed. Established 2020.About the publication

Twenty Bellows takes its name from the legend of Hephaestus—the Greek god of blacksmiths, metalworkers, and craftspeople. In his palatial workshop on Olympus, he toiled with the help of his enchanted bellows, fashioning tools and weapons that would become mythical in their own right. In the glow of his forge, magic was made through sheer effort and a belief in the potential of creation. As writers, poets, and creators of every sort, we share this belief and have dedicated ourselves to creating something remarkable of our own.

In this debut anthology, we have brought together more than forty literary voices, representative of the spirit and experience of Colorado. Through their words, we have reimagined the character and make-up of the Modern West. This is a collection free from stereotypes and expectations. Moreover, it is an equitable showcase, featuring both newcomers and established talent.

Featuring fiction, non-fiction, essay, poetry, and visual art from every corner of our home state, We are the West: A Colorado Anthology is an exciting introduction to the next generation of diverse storytelling and a continuance of a tradition that began thousands of years ago.

Contributors: Aaron M. Moe, Amy Wray Irish, Andy Mast, Ashley Howell Bunn , Ashley Lawrence, Austin Hawkins, Brice Maiurro, Carla Sciaky, Chiyo (Laurie Quinn), Claire Ibarra, Constance Moylan, Cynthia Burkhart, Dianna Vagianos Armentrout, Eleanor Perry-Smith, Erica Reid, Ernest Nitka, Gage Anderson, Heather Hein, Ingrid Wagner Walsh, Jessica Rigney, Jonathan Purdy, Julie Kim Shavin, Kaia Gallagher, Kierstin Bridger, Kika Dorsey, Lyndsie Conklin, Madison Gill, Marissa Forbes, Maz Bangs, Meghan DeJong, Meghan Wilbar, Morgan Blair, Patty Tomsky, Rachel Lee, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Sarah Reichert, Shae Lee, Theresa McLaren, Trystan Popish

Edited by: James P. Stuart, Marissa Forbes, Asha Grebenik, and Michael Kreger

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